Philips Museum
Philips Museum
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Philips Museum is located in the center of Eindhoven, where Gerard Philips produced his first light bulbs in 1891. Here you will be taken into the story of the company. You see how Philips is constantly reinventing itself and how it plays an important role in social change with innovative technology. First with electric light, later with radio, television and the arrival of the digital age. And right now Philips is at the forefront of major changes in healthcare. Always with the aim: to improve people's lives.
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  • Alice C
    74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting few hours
    Really interesting museum, charting the history of 2 household names. I’d never realised the connection between Philips and PSV Eindhoven!! Very friendly, helpful staff, who speak fluent English as well as Dutch. All labels and info, and the museum website, are in English and Dutch. There is a treasure hunt for small children, “Eureka!” Quiz trail for olde kids and audio guide in several languages. Well laid out and full of surprises, I’d absolutely recommend this museum to anyone with a couple of hours to spare in Eindhoven. It’s just a few minutes walk from the main train station. We took the Park and Ride bus from Meerhoven.
    Hello Alice, First of all, thank you for you 5-star rating and extensive comments and tips. We indeed try to show the contribution of Philips to both technological as well as societal progress. We also do our best to make a visit for children an enjoyable one.
    Written 26 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • tim_foster5mpu
    73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating insight into the history of the electronics we all know
    Philips is one of those ubiquitous brands that everyone knows. The history of the company and the products is also absolutely fascinating. The tour starts with a short actor-led demonstration. Unfortunately for us, there was a very large Dutch party present so the demo was, understandably, in Dutch. I would have liked to watch again in English but time didn't permit. Wondering round the museum gives a fascinating insight into the impact that Philips has had over the years. There are electronic devices that everyone will recognise from their youth, and reading the history as you go, it'll become clear that Apple were not the first tech company to develop on a usability first approach. The company's links with the football club PSV, was something that hadn't registered for me until this trip, but it makes absolute sense now. The museum is staffed, mainly, by older people. Philips historically have always employed people long past the general retirement age, even when they started, which at the time was very unusual, and it seems they have continued that tradition today. Philips is a conscientious employer and the museum is a fabulous walk through time from the beginnings of the company right through to the modern innovations they are currently working on. Lastly, the cafe at the end is also exceptional. Very good prices and decent traditional food (Dutch hotdogs are something to experience).
    Hello Tim, thank you so much for your extensive review and 5-star rating. We are glad to read that you really enjoyed the different facets of our museum a lot. By the way, many of the older people staffing the museum are retired Philips employees who are proud to do this "work" voluntarily because they appreciate Philips as their former employer. Thank again for the time you took to write this review.
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 7 September 2023
  • CockneyBrum
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World Class Museum
    This was one of the best museums we've ever visited. Everything is beautifully presented in a modern and stylish way. I had no idea how much the Philips company had touched our lives. Whether it was seeing the first images of our children produced by a Philips scanner at the hospital, or listening to my first music on one of their cassette recorders or CD players. We particularly liked the way that the information was presented. We never felt overloaded with facts. It was perfect! The sign of a good museum (for me anyway) is whether you can come away having learnt something new. There was SO much to learn here. Of particular note is the interactive exhibits near the end and how Philips helped a fledgling music industry on their way. We also ended up spending a small fortune in the very well stocked Gift Shop. They have some utterly fantastic items for sale! I love my "test card" bag and light bulb vase. Staff were very friendly. Parking nearby at the Q-Park Heuvel was expensive, but at least our car was safe and it was a short walk to the museum. This is a fantastic museum and comes highly recommended.
    Hello, thank you for your rating and your very, very kind extensive comments. They make us blush and a little proud too.
    Written 12 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
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Arbox
Amsterdam, The Netherlands159 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We recently visited the Philips Museum.

All in all it was interesting to learn about the history of Philips. Some interesting details (will not spoiler) were shared that are most likely unknown to the general public (although quite significant in nature).

We did leave with the feeling it was "just a nice activity to do but nothing mindblowing". The reason is that the museum for 95% involves reading. Reading texts about the history. But come on guys - Philips has been a major technology world player. Surely it must be possible to make the museum more interesting. For instance offer the possibility to interact with Philips domestic appliances throughout the years, see the technicalities of a MRI scanner, observe the different lighting solutions developed over the years, and so on and so on.
Written 22 December 2021
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Hello Arbox, Thank you for your review and comments. It is good to hear that your visit was an interesting one. We are constantly looking for improvements of the visititor - experience. So, thank you very much for your suggestions. They are appreciated and noted!
Written 10 January 2022
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Alice C
Huddersfield, England, United Kingdom74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Really interesting museum, charting the history of 2 household names. I’d never realised the connection between Philips and PSV Eindhoven!!

Very friendly, helpful staff, who speak fluent English as well as Dutch. All labels and info, and the museum website, are in English and Dutch. There is a treasure hunt for small children, “Eureka!” Quiz trail for olde kids and audio guide in several languages. Well laid out and full of surprises,

I’d absolutely recommend this museum to anyone with a couple of hours to spare in Eindhoven. It’s just a few minutes walk from the main train station. We took the Park and Ride bus from Meerhoven.
Written 30 August 2023
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Hello Alice, First of all, thank you for you 5-star rating and extensive comments and tips. We indeed try to show the contribution of Philips to both technological as well as societal progress. We also do our best to make a visit for children an enjoyable one.
Written 26 September 2023
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Jeremy A
Kingston, WA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Philips Museum tells the story of Philips. From Lighting to Xray to Radio\TV, and Music, Philips has a rich history of innovations and inventions and many examples can be seen here. It's also free if you are a Philips Employee (show your badge)
Written 22 January 2020
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Thanks for your review. Until next time.
Written 23 January 2020
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cpinto7
Rotterdam, The Netherlands25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Well organized, not too crowded with interesting material and content, just perfect in size and diversity of exhibitions. and super friendly staff.
Learn about Phillips, Eindhoven, wwII, being a visionair and social involvement.
Really a must see!
Written 1 August 2020
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Thank you very much for your review. We look forward to seeing you again in the Philips Museum.
Written 3 August 2020
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tjohns82
Kilkenny, Ireland95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
My grandparents both worked at the Philips factory in Eindhoven (my Oma in the 40s and my Opa in the 50s), so I was interested to learn a bit about this I part of my family history.

The museum is very well done with lots of old pieces of technology on display. There is a very interesting exhibit on a man (Jan Zwartendijk) who saved over 2000 people while working for Philips in Lithuania. We also enjoyed this history of the PSV football team which was located upstairs.

The staff is very friendly and the audiotour was interesting. My partner loved Philly the robot as well!
Written 29 October 2021
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Thank you for your review. It is good to hear that you liked the museum, in particularly our tribute to Jan Zwartendijk and the attention we give, in a temporary exhibition, to the history of PSV (Philips Sports Club) founded in 1913.
Written 24 November 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tim_foster5mpu
Northampton, England73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
Philips is one of those ubiquitous brands that everyone knows. The history of the company and the products is also absolutely fascinating. The tour starts with a short actor-led demonstration. Unfortunately for us, there was a very large Dutch party present so the demo was, understandably, in Dutch. I would have liked to watch again in English but time didn't permit. Wondering round the museum gives a fascinating insight into the impact that Philips has had over the years. There are electronic devices that everyone will recognise from their youth, and reading the history as you go, it'll become clear that Apple were not the first tech company to develop on a usability first approach.

The company's links with the football club PSV, was something that hadn't registered for me until this trip, but it makes absolute sense now.

The museum is staffed, mainly, by older people. Philips historically have always employed people long past the general retirement age, even when they started, which at the time was very unusual, and it seems they have continued that tradition today. Philips is a conscientious employer and the museum is a fabulous walk through time from the beginnings of the company right through to the modern innovations they are currently working on.
Lastly, the cafe at the end is also exceptional. Very good prices and decent traditional food (Dutch hotdogs are something to experience).
Written 8 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello Tim, thank you so much for your extensive review and 5-star rating. We are glad to read that you really enjoyed the different facets of our museum a lot. By the way, many of the older people staffing the museum are retired Philips employees who are proud to do this "work" voluntarily because they appreciate Philips as their former employer. Thank again for the time you took to write this review.
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GuppeC
Hulshout, Belgium679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Fun and interesting museaum to visit for all ages. My son of 9 enjoyed the visit, see the ' ancient tools' that he never has seen before. It is interactive, it is old and new technology, it is educational without becoming too 'heavy'.
It is a Philips museum, yet the message is not always positive, they also highligh some less postive episodes, which is good.
I actually recommended it to family who will be visiting Eindhoven shortly.
Note: easy to purchase tickets in advance online, and very friendly people in the museum to help if needed.
Written 20 July 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is good to know that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to receive your family;
Written 6 August 2022
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Adam Murphy
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Attended a virtual Design tour last night, was fanatastic! Just as good as the real physical experience which I visited before the "lockdown". You get to really travel the space and still see and hear these incredible stories of people, society, culture, innovation, and Philips. The Philips history is so broad and rich it is never the same experience!
Written 16 April 2021
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Mr D
The Netherlands762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We attended the Eye Catcher exhibition, this were many old advertising posters, this was really nice. Beside that many of the older Philips appliances on display, starting with a section of the light bulb factory. Convenient parking near the museum, the museum has a small canteen / coffee place where they serve a good cup to your liking. While we were onsite we enjoyed a presentation about the development of the X-ray technology really nicely presented by an elderly gentleman who presented with a lot of passion. Great !
Written 6 May 2023
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Hello, Thank you very much for your review and comments. We are glad you enjoyed our special Eyecatchers exhibition, our coffee and one of our lectures. We will forward your nice words to Norbert!
Written 6 May 2023
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CockneyBrum
Worcestershire, UK3,012 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This was one of the best museums we've ever visited. Everything is beautifully presented in a modern and stylish way.

I had no idea how much the Philips company had touched our lives. Whether it was seeing the first images of our children produced by a Philips scanner at the hospital, or listening to my first music on one of their cassette recorders or CD players.

We particularly liked the way that the information was presented. We never felt overloaded with facts. It was perfect!

The sign of a good museum (for me anyway) is whether you can come away having learnt something new. There was SO much to learn here. Of particular note is the interactive exhibits near the end and how Philips helped a fledgling music industry on their way.

We also ended up spending a small fortune in the very well stocked Gift Shop. They have some utterly fantastic items for sale! I love my "test card" bag and light bulb vase.

Staff were very friendly. Parking nearby at the Q-Park Heuvel was expensive, but at least our car was safe and it was a short walk to the museum.

This is a fantastic museum and comes highly recommended.
Written 10 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hello, thank you for your rating and your very, very kind extensive comments. They make us blush and a little proud too.
Written 12 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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